‘Count your Blessings!’: the interpretive potential of sacramental theology for everyday ritualizations around food

M.C.M. Klomp, P.B. Smit

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In this article, the authors explore the yield of a sacramental lens on extra-ecclesial ritualizations around food in contemporary Dutch ‘secularized’ culture. In an effort to explore the scope of sacramental theology beyond the liturgical ritual of the Eucharist/Holy Communion, they conclude that sacramental theology as a heuristic lens has a promising potential to reveal what is at stake when it comes to ordinary practices of food. Taking Louis-Marie Chauvet’s ground-breaking study Symbol and Sacrament as a point of departure for a sacramental frame, and using three examples from a recent Dutch TV series on counting blessings at dinner time, they seek to answer the question “What is the heuristic potential ofa sacramental perspective on food-related ritualizations in everyday life?” The authors conclude that everyday ritualizations, in turn, constructively challenge ‘classic’ sacramental and liturgical theology. Thus, a sacramental lens on extra-ecclesial food-related ritualizations can enhance the understanding of the Eucharist/Holy Communion, as well as reveal what is at stake when it comes to ordinary (ritualized) practices of food.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalYearbook for Ritual and Liturgical Studies
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2023


  • Louis-Marie Chauvet
  • sacramental theology
  • liturgical theology
  • ordinary practices of ritualizing around food
  • Dutch TV programme

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